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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Festival of Nine Lessons and CarolsThe tradition of today’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918 in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England. The service closely resembles the Roman Catholic Office of Matins & Lauds from the Liturgy of the Hours. The service has undergone many adaptations since its inception in 1918, but no matter the pattern or the adoptions it still holds at its heart, the main theme of the loving purpose of God seen through the varied scriptural accounts. The para-liturgical service draws readings that chronicle the fall of man to the redemption wrought by the Incarnation and Birth of Christ.

St. Peter’s offers this Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for the first time this year. It is being offered as a way to draw us more fully into contemplation and meditation on the coming Birth of Christ, Our Savior, in the paltry manger in Bethlehem as well as to draw us to contemplate on His second coming as Judge Eternal at the Last Day. Following each lesson or reading a choral selection or hymn will be sung that assists in elevating our mind to God. This year’s program will feature music of: Palestrina, Dufay, Wilberg, Hassler, and Victoria as well as some of the most beloved hymns of Advent-tide.

The Solemn Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 7 O’clock in the evening. Please consider joining us for this service.

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